A Year in Books | Top 5 Books of 2016

Hey all,

First post of 2017.

I call this my top 5 books, only because I only read a disappointing 20 books which isn’t enough to say which are my top 10 books. Initially I wanted to read 30 books because 50 books last year was a bit too much! The last three months of last year was just crazy busy, so I wasn’t able to read as much as I’d like to unfortunately. I’m still literally still stuck on reading the Hero of Ages, much to my despair. Anyway here are my top 5:

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Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild 

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This is hands down my favourite book of 2016! Its funny because its a children’s classic and not something that was released recently. I just adored this story so much. I rated it 4 stars but really it should be 5 stars. I saw the BBC adaption for it ages ago and its when I thought about re-watching it sometime last year that made me think oh I’d like to read the book for it! It’s a story about three foster sisters living in London who took it upon themselves to earn a living to achieve their dreams. Some of the themes in this book were ambition and determination, which is what I liked about it.

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover 

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Oh my god. This book actually teared me apart, which sounds pretty dramatic to say the least. I wasn’t expecting this book to be so thought-evoking and emotional. I just thought oh its probably some angsty new adult romance. I’m not going to say what it is about because its a major spoiler but it is about romance and it’s so much more than just that. I just had too much ‘feels.’ This book isn’t perfect, there are things I liked about it and things I didn’t like – one of which is that things escalated way too quickly. But its because of this book that I will (eventually) venture into reading more Colleen Hoover, despite the problematic storylines that I often hear about! I better brace myself…

The Shining by Stephen King

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Okay, the reason why I even read the Shining is because of my only real-life bookish friend who is a massive fan of the King of Horror himself, Mr Stephen King. This book surprised me, I found myself really immersed and enjoying the story so much. The only thing is that it is really long. Funny thing, I could only read this at night time rather than during the day because I wanted to be scared and reading at night just sets the story so well. It is a scary book but I wasn’t that scared to be honest. I got a real appreciation for Stephen King’s writing style. Its amazing. So very detailed and descriptive as well. I was like I wish I could write like you.

One by Sarah Crossan

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One is definitely the one (no pun intended) if you are looking for a diverse YA book to read. It’s a story that feels very real, unique and raw, and also very different from what’s currently on the YA bookshelves these days. It’s about conjoined twins, Grace and Tippy and their everyday lives, how they cope with being scrutinised by people but also making friends and falling in love for the first time. What I liked about it was the poetic writing style and how this story was not sugarcoated.

Never, Never Part 1 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher 

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I really enjoyed Never Never Part 1. It was very mysterious from the start and I wanted to know more. It’s about Charlie and Silas who are supposedly meant to be in love but they have lost their memories. They don’t remember who they are, how they got where they are and who their friends and family are. Therefore, they are trying to work together to find out why this is happening to them. Part 1 and 2 were great reads, I really enjoyed them. There was so much potential to be an amazing story but part 3 did not deliver. Part 3 was a sorry excuse for a conclusion of a book, it was just lazy writing because the mystery did not add up and there were so many plot holes, which was very disappointing.

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So these were my top 5 books of 2016. What were some of your favourites of last year?